What are Scrum events?
A scrum process framework can be viewed by means of a sequence of events and the corresponding artifacts. Every scrum event should have a predefined maximum duration. Every scrum should include the following events:
- Backlog Refinement: A weekly 1-hour event that is (ideally) attended by the entire team , including relevant stakeholders invited by the product owner. The focus of backlog refinement is on prioritized stories that are targeted for the next 1-2 sprints.
- Sprint Planning: Planning out the work that is to be performed during the sprint.
- Daily Scrum Meetings: The daily scrum meeting is a 15-minute meeting for the team, conducted daily to quickly understand the work that has been done since the previous daily scrum meeting and create a plan for the next 24 hours
- The Sprint Review: A sprint review is held at the end of every sprint. During the sprint review, a presentation of the increment being released is reviewed.
- The Sprint Retrospective: A sprint retrospective occurs after the sprint review and prior to the next sprint planning session.
Why are scrum events important?
Scrum events are important as they provide transparency on project progress to all parties involved. Scrum events encourage and improve communication within the team, highlight and promote quick decision-making, and identify impediments. Sprint planning helps teams concentrate on the most valued work items that will yield maximum customer satisfaction and higher ROI. The main focus is to deliver the highest value. The importance of daily standup meetings or daily scrum is to align all the team members to focus on the goal and avoid or minimize deviation and to take corrective measures or actions immediately when the deviation from the desired goal is observed. Events like sprint review helps validate what the team is delivering and what is expected rather than what they assume. They help gather useful feedback that can be incorporated into the product backlog and guide the work for future sprint events. Sprint retrospectives are an opportunity for the scrum team to introspect and improve within the scrum process framework and make the next sprint outcome more effective.
How GoRetro can help your team with sprint retrospective?
GoRetro is a free online retrospective tool for agile teams to create unlimited retro boards, share with their team members, and gain some insight into what worked, what hasn’t, and what can be improved. With GoRetro, teams can assign specific action items to members, with due dates to make sure work is efficient and internal development continually improves. It is an intuitive and productive retro tool to be used across all different development teams and various development projects (whether large or small). GoRetro offers pre-built retrospective templates that a scrum team can pick and run with instantly, including sailboat retrospective, lean coffee format and start-stop-continue template.